Jerusalem News (26 August, 2014, 30 Av, 5774)
1. Norway Embraces Islamist Tyranny by Bruce Bawer
2. Weapons, Banking, Drugs And Slavery - Financing Terrorism Creatively, by Mordechai Ben-Menachem
3. Humor: Teacher arrested at JFK
1. Norway Embraces Islamist Tyranny
by Bruce Bawer
Mon Aug 25 2014
Israel Resource Review
Anti-Semitism in Norway, where I have lived for twelve years, is over the top. I have never quite gotten used to it. Every now and then I hear or read something that reminds me that I am living in Europe, in a country that was occupied by the Nazis, and where a lot of people were perfectly okay with that. I think it is fair to say that anti-Semitism in Norway is most virulent among the cultural elite - the academics, intellectuals, writers, journalists, politicians, and technocrats - although thanks to the media and schools, it has trickled down to many ordinary Norwegians, some of whom may never even have met a Jewish person.
This anti-Semitism manifests itself in various ways. When Obama became president, former Norwegian prime minister Kare Willoch said things did not look promising because Obama had "chosen a Jew as chief of staff." The chief rabbi of the Oslo synagogue reportedly receives a pile of hate mail every day. During the Gaza War, a major Norwegian newspaper had trouble finding Norwegian Jews who were willing to comment on the record about the war: they said they were scared of repercussions. Norwegian academics have sought to ban contacts with Israeli universities. Norwegian activists have encouraged boycotts of Israeli products. There is terrible anti-Semitic bullying in the schools. Every so often, a high-profile professor or activist or famous author will write a virulent op-ed or give an angry speech denouncing Israel and insulting Jews. Nothing could be safer for them to say; no one will seek to harm them physically or otherwise - as opposed to what would happen if, say, they made certain public statements about Islam. And they know this. Norway's most respected newspaper cartoonist, Finn Graff, who has admitted that he never draws cartoons about Islam because he is scared for his life, has frequently drawn cartoons comparing Israelis to Nazis; he knows Jews will never harm him. These anti-Semitic op-eds and speeches and cartoons are never remotely fresh, witty, or original; all they ever do is recycle tired cultural-elite cliches. And their creators get nothing but praise from their colleagues, who celebrate them as courageous truth-tellers. It is much more acceptable to scream "kill the Jews" at an anti-Israeli protest than it is to criticize Hamas.
What motivates this anti-Semitism? Several things. For one, the leading lights of Norway's cultural elite are overwhelmingly on the far left, and intensely hostile to the West, to capitalism, and therefore to the US and to Israel, which they see as America's puppet and vassal - a colonialist, imperialist outpost of Western capitalism in the heart of the Islamic world. Before the fall of the USSR, an extraordinary percentage of these Norwegian leftists were either Communists or very sympathetic to Communism. They have replaced their affinity to the Soviet Union with sympathy for the great totalitarian ideology of our time: Islamism. Thus they romanticize Palestinians and despise Israel.
Part of the motivation for this anti-Semitism is of course the influx into Norway in recent decades of masses of Muslims from Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia and elsewhere. Multiculturalism has taught Norway's cultural elite to take an uncritical, even obsequious, posture toward every aspect of Muslim culture and belief. When Muslim leaders rant against Israel and the Jews, the reflexive response of the multicultural elite is to join them in their rantings. This is called solidarity.
Then there is Norwegian history. Anti-Semitism has a long, deeply-rooted history in Norway, which was never a cosmopolitan country - no nation in Europe was less ethnically or religiously diverse. On the contrary, Norway was a remote, rural, mountainous land of pious Lutheran farmers whose early 19th-century constitution banned Jews from its territory. Then came WWII. ... Unlike their counterparts in Denmark, Norwegian gentiles made no major effort to protect their Jewish neighbors. To be sure, in the decades after the war, Norway was a staunch ally of the US and Israel; but the entrenched multicultural elite did its work through the schools, universities and media - producing a generation of Norwegians for whom being virtuous and intellectually sophisticated means, among other things, embracing the Muslim "victim," and despising the Israeli "bully," even though the "bully" in this case is a democratic country the size of the island of Vancouver and the "victim" is a group of immensely larger, unfree, and tirelessly aggressive nations dedicated to that tiny country's extermination.
I should add that part of the motivation for all this anti-Semitism is, I think, guilt. The very existence of Jews and of Israel today remind Norwegians of what their countrymen did and didn't do during the war. Norwegians cannot forgive the Jews for having been murdered as part of a horrendous program in which many of their own parents or grandparents played a role. I think it salves the conscience of many Norwegians about their parents' and grandparents' wartime moral choices to be able to tell themselves that, "well, that was long ago, and today Norway is a virtuous bringer of peace, and Israel is a bloodthirsty warmonger."
And what about Islam? When it comes to that subject, Norway is more or less a microcosm of what is happening elsewhere in Europe. Islam is not as far advanced in Norway as in, say, the Netherlands or Sweden, or in parts of Britain and France, but it is getting there, and you see the same things happening there now that happened in other places a few years ago. Largely Muslim neighborhoods are gradually turning into sharia enclaves -- no-go zones -- where the Muslim residents are feeling their power more and more and where certain kinds of people, certain behaviors, and certain ways of dressing are increasingly being ruled out of bounds. There comes a tipping point, in other words, at which you start hearing: "This is Muslim territory! That is not allowed." ...
I might also mention Norway's resident terrorist, Mullah Krekar, and his family, who have long been the subjects of fawning newspaper and TV profiles in which they are depicted sympathetically as kind, gentle, suffering victims. (This is a man who founded the terrorist group Ansar al-Islam, and who is known to be guilty of murdering and torturing children, but whom Norway will not deport because they are worried more about his safety than about the security of their own country.)
Two years ago, supposedly in response to Israel's actions against Hamas, Muslims rioted in downtown Oslo, making a large area of the city look like Beirut or Sarajevo at their most violent moments in modern history. The violence was out of control, the damage extensive. Yet almost everyone got off scot-free. And the whole event was soon dropped down the memory hole. The media, the politicians, simply did not want to talk about it or address its implications for the future.
Early last year, in the same Oslo Square where Quisling and his henchman once held rallies, scores of radical Muslims gathered to hear a Nazi-like message of hate against Jews, gays, secular democracy, America, the West, Israel. The speeches were chilling. Yet many of the men who gave those speeches continue to be treated with respect by Norwegian authorities. One of them threatened a new 9/11 in Norway. A few weeks ago he flew to Saudi Arabia to resume his studies of the Koran. He was considered so radical and dangerous that Saudi Arabia actually arrested him at the airport and sent him back to Norway, where he is now once again moving around freely.
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway's first female prime minister, who served three terms in that office between 1981 and 1996, once famously said: "It is typically Norwegian to be good." Indeed, Norwegians pride themselves more than anything else on being "good people." And many of them are very good people indeed. But how is the Norwegian cultural elite's endemic anti-Semitism and its ready appeasement of Islamist tyranny and intolerance consistent with the idea of being "good people"?
2. Weapons, Banking, Drugs And Slavery - Financing Terrorism Creatively, by Mordechai Ben-Menachem
Source: dailycaller.com. Article date: August 22nd, 2014
Qatar, the world's terror paymaster, has just been granted one of the largest arms deals in history, eleven billion dollars. They have a population of two million, in total. Who, pray tell, is about to use all this hardware? If they draft every male between the ages of 18 to 30 they still have literally tons of hardware left over. Believe me, they are not about to draft all those males who are too busy having fun. No sane person has any doubt for whom this hardware is meant to serve, and they don't live anywhere near Qatar, though they sport similar head-coverings. Different colored flags - rather blacker.
In the early 1980s George Bush Sr. begged the Israeli government to go into Lebanon and rid the US of the world's largest source of opium growers and trade. Israel did what he requested, and then the US government publicly condemned Israel for the Lebanon War, public diplomacy did not match reality on the ground. Hafez Assad, the present monster's daddy monster, believed in drugs for profit. His son is not as bright and the business is not as successful. Hezbollah took it over from him.
Today, two prime US allies, Qatar and Turkey, are among the primary supporters of world-wide terrorism and crime organisations. Iran is the primary purveyor of terrorism; and also the world's largest actor in world heroin and opiate trade while Iran's partner and satrapy Hezbollah, is one of the world's largest actors in the cocaine trade.
Drugs are Iran's second largest earner of foreign currency and, even better, the sanctions don't bother with it so they get to use all that money for whatever they like.
Drug trade and weapons purveying go hand-in-glove around the world.
Qatar contributes funding to essentially all Islamic Jihad organisations: Al Qaeda, Al Shabab, Boko Haram, Hamas, Islamic State, Al Nusra, the list goes on.
Hamas, we now know, gets a large portion of its funds from the United States government via the United Nations, through contributions to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA).
Al Qaeda's primary source of funding is kidnapping of westerners.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: The same thing occurs with the Mali terror group. France fights them and fully funds them, at the same time. 'Kidnapping for ransom has become today's most significant source of terrorist financing,' said David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, in a 2012 speech. 'Each transaction encourages another transaction.'
Islamic State (ISIS) has its primary source of funding from petroleum sales. However, they have myriad additional sources. They now sell several hundred slaves a month. They take 'taxes' from their 'residents'...
Boko Haram also sells many slaves. By the way, most of these slaves (Boko Haram, IS and Taliban) are women sold to the sex trades but there are also many young boys sold to the same trade. There is a very brisk trade in young boys throughout Muslim lands, as always has been - jockeys, whores, eunuchs etc.
There are also men slaves, but there is not much of a market for them. They are usually taken locally and used until they are simply used up, then discarded. Some ten to twenty thousand people 'disappear' on Hajj [Muslim Prilgrimage to Mecca in which black muslims making the prilgrimage are often kidnapped as slaves] every year, nobody knows what happens to them.
3. Humor: Teacher arrested at JFK
From: Max Rambow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ah well, I can't be apocalyptic all the time.
TEACHER ARRESTED AT JFK!
A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International Airport this morning as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule, and a calculator. At a press conference just before noon today Attorney General Eric holder said the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. Although he did not identify the man, he confirms the man has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
"Al-Gebra is a problem for us", the Attorney General said. "They derive solutions by means and extremes and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values. They use secret codes names such as "X" and "Y" and refer to themselves as "unknowns", but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, "There are 3 sides to every triangle"." The Attorney General went on to say, "Teaching our children sentient thought processes and equipping them to solve problems is dangerous and puts our government at risk".